Small Plywood Box

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Project by oakview posted 12-24-2011 08:33 AM 5374 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small finger joint box measuring 3” square on the outside. The box is made of 1/2” Baltic birch plywood, the lid is 1/2” red oak, all finished with wipe-on poly and a final buff using paste wax. No glue was used, just tight fitting finger joints and 1/4” dowels at the corners. The hardest part was avoiding blowout at the back of the fingers. I backed the plywood with a sacrificial piece and clamped tightly for each pass through the dado, a Freud SD508.

-- ~^ DaveG ~^

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 11:20 AM

very nice job

-- Retired and lovin it

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 04:09 PM

I would have never thought to finger joint something out of plywood, but I actually kind of like the look of it. How many ply is that? Looks good.

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 04:58 PM

Celebrating the plywood works nicely here.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 05:34 PM

I was wondering how you cut those joints without epic blowout.

Very nice job !

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 08:38 PM

Thanks all for the nice comments.

@dStar – I count 9 layers which includes both faces. The plywood was a scrap I got from a recycle bin at a local cabinet shop – I assume it’s premium baltic birch ply. What makes the it look like it has more layers is the contrast from the glue between the layers.

@NBeener – I backed the plywood and clamped it tightly to the finger joint sled. The dado blade is very sharp which helps. All that and beginners luck too, I suppose.

-- ~^ DaveG ~^

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#6 posted 12-25-2011 08:30 AM

Advoiding blowout with plywood is very difficult, very good work.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 12:11 AM

Wow.. it turned out great for a plywood box. Yes, sharp blades are vital for cutting without blowouts. You did a great job!


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